Born Sunday 1 July 1934, died Monday 26 May 2008
Professions: Actor, Director, Producer
I've produced my own films for twenty years now - it means I have to talk to less people.
I don't know about liberal bias, but people of a liberal mentality are probably attracted in greater numbers to the arts than people of a conservative mentality.
For example, a man who might not have enormous charisma, who could be president 40 years ago, and who was a deserving president, I don't know that George Washington would be a president today, I don't know that Abe Lincoln would, I don't know that Roosevelt would.
By that I mean, I think that it is true that politics and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be greater than mortal in some way, and that's led them into creating illusions, sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do.
The very reasons sometimes that you make a film are the reasons for its failure.
I mean, the truth of the matter is, I like the failures as much as I like the successes, it's only the world that doesn't like the failures.
I mean, movies are like your kids or your fingers and toes or something, it's pretty hard to pick favorites.
We talked about Tootsie, the idea in Tootsie is that a man becomes a better man for having been a woman.
When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
But, I've made films in Japan, in Yugoslavia, all over Europe, all over the United States, Mexico, but not Hollywood.
I personally have never made a movie in Hollywood, because I don't want to get up in my own bed and then go to the movie set, and then come home at night to my real life.
I mean, I don't know anything else that I would try to do, but it's a very frustrating thing to do, because you are trying to take what's a fantasy in your head and make it live through the minds of 200 people.
Burt Lancaster was largely responsible for me becoming a director.
You are not an active creator of the film.
Reading a novel of a private experience, very, very different, the nature of it is very different.
Film is a collective experience, as you know.
I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.
Every single art form is involved in film, in a way.
I mean, certainly it's the single biggest event, I think, in terms of popular entertainment, or art even, if you say that, of the 20th Century. It's been film. It's the 20th Century's real art form.
With a movie you're creating from the beginning this particular work, let's not call it work of art, because very few movies are works of art, let's just call them bits of popular culture, whatever they are, sometimes very rarely by accident a movie becomes a work of art.